Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 1
Found this poking around on the slow play issue...

Funny story....there's a lot of cautionary material in here..

Back in the day when I did a 5-year stint as a PGA club professional at a course in SoCal, we instituted a "pace of play" initiative at the owner's request.

It was modeled after a L.A. City Golf Course model featuring a jack rabbit named "Speedy".

-- We had a big "kick-off" meeting introducing the program to the mens and womens clubs. It was well received.

-- As part of the program we hired additional marshals, the plan being to station them at strategic locations throughout the golf course to act as both fore-caddies and to police the pace of play.

-- At great expense, the owner installed a sophisticated P.A. sound system on every hole and a closed circuit t.v. set-up on several tees so we could announce to players on the tee and on the fairway when it was safe to hit, and to be on the lookout for tees with more than one group waiting to hit.

-- But, the centerpiece of the initiative was the investment in and the creation and development of seventy-two (72) plastic signs depicting "Speedy Jack Rabbit" posing in elaborate golf scenes offering helpful hints on how to speed up the pace of play. The signs were to be placed on every tee and every green and other places as well.

So, the fateful day arrives . . . and we kick-off our pace of play program one busy Saturday morning.

Guess what happens?

The golfers go berserk.

Several fights between the golfers and the marshals break out and we had to call the cops; one guy tees off with his driver on every plastic "Speedy" sign he sees destroying every one, and we had to call the cops again; and several golfers threaten to sue the owner because the group behind them was told it was safe to hit, when it wasn't.

Well, as you can guess that was the end of our pace of play program. It lasted all of one day.

So, rather than the owner trying to increase the "number of rounds per day" . . . he simply raised prices . . . play dropped off a bit . . . but bingo, with less golfers on the course everyone finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

True story . . . . I swear.
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.